This was to be Cavan’s last appearance to date – something few could have predicted in 1952 given the county’s great tradition. The first game was played in terrible conditions. Cavan survived a late Meath revival and were only saved by a late point from Edwin Carolan. They then won the replay, again played in difficult conditions, though this time it was mainly due to wind rather than rain. Mick Higgins, for Cavan, was man of the match and his seven points from frees were crucial to Cavan’s victory by nine points to five. Among the Meath players featured prominently in the footage is captain Paddy Meegan and Peter McDermott, who scores a crucial goal in the first encounter. This game also featured three brothers from the same family playing on opposing teams, Des and Liam Maguire for Cavan and their brother Brendan for Meath.
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